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"I don’t like rigid categories. Sometime there is art in journalism and journalism in art. Conscience, heart, beauty, balance and loss of balance are essentials for me"

- Jérôme Sessini

b. 1968

French

Based in Paris, France

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Available for commissions
& assignments

Jérôme Sessini builds a passion for photography, discovering documentary photography through books shown by a friend, a photographer. He initiates his own practice, shooting people, landscapes and the daily lives of those around his native Eastern France (with Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Mark Cohen, in mind).

In 1998, although nothing predicted he would turn to journalism, Sessini arrives in Paris. Gamma photo agency gives him the opportunity to cover the ongoing conflict in Kosovo.

Sessini has since then covered most of the international current events: Palestine, Iraq (from 2003 to 2008), Aristide’s fall in Haiti (2004), the conquest of Mogadishu by the Islamic militias and the war in Lebanon (2006).

Sessini’s work is immediately internationally acknowledged. It is published by prestigious newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match as well as Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal.

His photography also leads to single exhibitions at the Visa Photo Festival in Perpignan, at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterrand, as well as with the French Ministry of Culture.

In 2008, Jerome Sessini started the Mexican project, So far from God, too close from the US, a dive into the drug cartels’ war in Mexico. This still-ongoing project has already been awarded twice with the F-Award and a Getty Grant.

From this direct confrontation with violence, Sessini has recognized a state of things which is at the heart of his work, “Ordinary fellows are always those losing, either it being in Iraq, Mexico or France”.

Evolving within an uncertain balance of cynical realism and upset, Sessini is very careful with the “rightness” of his photographic work. He rejects idealism and otherworldliness, which do not take into account some pieces of reality.

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Selected works

Newsroom

Jérôme Sessini on the Frontline in Syria

Jérôme Sessini

Magnum photographer Jérôme Sessini documented the ongoing conflict in Syria during 2012 and 2013

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The Wrong Side

Jérôme Sessini
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Most Recent

Newsroom

Philadelphia’s ‘Badlands’: At the Heart of the Opioid Epidemic

Jérôme Sessini

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: July 13, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Past Artist Talk
Paris, France

In Conversation in Paris: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Magnum Photographers
Jun 20

Newsroom

Opioids in America: An Intimate Portrait of a National Crisis

Jérôme Sessini

Past Exhibition
Sofia,

They Defend our Freedoms: 30 Years of Sakharov Prize Outdoor Exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 6

Theory & Practice

Three Perspectives on Paris: Inside the Live Lab

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

On Patrol With Bulgaria’s Vigilante Migrant Hunters

Jérôme Sessini

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: February 18, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Arts & Culture

Shunned by the City

Jérôme Sessini

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: What Not to Miss This Week

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Newsroom

Saving Nature to Save Humanity

Jérôme Sessini

Theme | 6 Stories

30 Years of the Sakharov Prize

Newsroom

The Big Picture: 2017 in Review

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 19 Stories

Expert Photographic Advice from Magnum

Past Exhibition
Strasbourg, France

They Defend our Freedoms – 30 Years of the Sakharov Prize Exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Feb 12

Past Pop UP
Paris, France

Magnum Photos Pop-Up at Le Bon Marché

Nov 1 - Dec 31

Newsroom

Inside Dallas Police Training Academy

Jérôme Sessini

Theme | 13 Stories

The War in Iraq

Past Workshop
Brussels, Belgium

Magnum Workshop in Brussels with Thomas Dworzak and Jérôme Sessini

Magnum Photographers
Oct 4 - 8